The Third Bullet

Written by:
Stephen Hunter
Narrated by:
Buck Schirner

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2013
19 hours 20 minutes
It’s not even a clue. It’s a whisper, a trace, a ghost echo, drifting down through the decades via chance connections so fragile that they would disintegrate in the puff of a breath. But it’s enough to get legendary former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger interested in the events of November 22, 1963, and the third bullet that so decisively ended the life of John F. Kennedy and set the stage for one of the most enduring controversies of our time.Swagger begins his slow night stalk through a much-traveled landscape. But he’s asking questions that few have asked before: Why did the third bullet explode? Why did Lee Harvey Oswald, about to become the most hunted man on earth, risk it all by returning to his rooming house to secure a pistol he easily could have brought with him? How could a conspiracy that went unpenetrated for fifty years have been thrown together in the two and a half days between the announcement of the president’s route and the assassination itself?As Bob investigates, another voice enters the narrative: knowing, ironic, almost familiar, that of a gifted, Yale-educated veteran of the CIA Plans Division. Hugh Meachum has secrets and the means and the will to keep them buried. When weighed against his own legacy, Swagger’s life is an insignificant expense — but to blunt the threat, he’ll first have to ambush the sniper.As each man hunts the other across today’s globe and through the thickets of history, The Third Bullet builds to an explosive climax that will finally prove what Bob Lee Swagger has always known: it’s never too late for justice.
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Frederiic Burk

By far, the weakest of the Bob Lee Swagger books. Part of it is the subject matter, I really don't care to hear another JFK conspiracy theory. I certainly don't need to hear it in the excruciating detail Hunter goes into in this book. It seemed he was trying to make some literary point and add depth to Meachems character, since the mind numbing details seemed especially painful during Meachems sections. *****POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW**** Even ignoring the suffocating detail level, Hunter took short cuts this time. Regarding the ambush of Swagger in Connecticut, 4 highly trained, best of the best commando's loaded to the gills with every weapon available, including a helicopter (which they send away not to draw attention to the operation.......) somehow first have no grenades or launchers, second attack one at a time. This is the second Swagger book I have listened to (as opposed to reading 6 or 7 others), and I do have to admit, I am not a fan of Buck S which may have added to my dissatisfaction. Taking a break from Swagger for a while, maybe that was part of the problem too.

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